This is me collecting my thoughts, sharing my impressions and attempting to expand the discussion. It may get a bit lengthy, feel free to skim or skip.
Day 1 – Friday, June 5th
The gathering was convened by Alaska Governor, Bill Walker and hosted on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus which has historical significance as the location of our state’s constitutional convention.
There were about 200 people in attendance, ranging from Governor Walker’s transition team and staff to more tangentially affiliated folks like myself. How I rated an invite isn’t exactly clear but it was likely my keen understanding of Alaska’s fiscal situation.
I flew to Fairbanks on my own thin dime and was housed in Lathrop Hall on the university campus. We didn’t have hot water the first day and my roommate moved out almost immediately after meeting me. It really brought back some memories. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a little bit of a trip… we re-wrote David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in XKCD “Up-Goer Five” style using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. The film was sweded in an afternoon (like in “Be Kind Rewind”) and many of you will recognize moments in the video from the Flight of the Conchords excellent “Bowie’s in Space“… which I now need to go watch again.
Bonus Easter Egg: Audio clip of Sally Ride (who has a birthday today) commenting on how her space trip was like a Disneyland E-Ticket.
Our totally legitimate news program received two Alaska Press Club Awards for our coverage of the 2014 legislative session and elections!!!
Thank you to Lou, Aaron, Jamie, Andy, Richard, Phoebe, Jack, Jen, Will, Tara and all of our dodgy, uncredited supporters who kept the wheels greased and ideas flowing.
Additionally, I scooped up a first place in Arts Reporting for my coverage of the Latitude Arts Convergence. That was a fun event where I just ran around for a few days with my camera and then stayed up all night trying to hack together a video.
The Alaska Robotics Gallery is accepting proposals for exhibits to be displayed between September 2015 and May 2016. Our exhibition space and storefront is located in downtown Juneau and we highlight whimsical work by illustrators and visual artists from Alaska and abroad.
Our storefront features graphic novels, art prints, cards, shirts and tacos.
To submit a proposal, please complete this form or email numbered responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include 5-7 samples of your work and a brief artist resume.
This year is especially exciting for me because I get to moderate a panel with some awesome guests…
The Role of the Artist on the Electronic Frontier
Room: Hall F (TCC 304)
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 12:30PM – 1:20PM
Rule munchkins, hackers and story miners unite! Explore themes like government surveillance, intellectual property rights, net neutrality and the role of the artist in the digital world. Join Nadia Kayyali of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and attorney Katie Lane, Pat Race of Alaska Robotics and Gene Ambaum from Unshelved for this great discussion!